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Oklahoma redshirt sophomore QB Baker Mayfield is dealing with shoulder fatigue, according to beat writer Ryan Aber.

Aber's source says the soreness is a product of Mayfield throwing too many reps. Many point to Mayfield opening the season as Oklahoma's starter after sitting out last season once his transfer from Texas Tech was complete.
Source: News OK
Jul 2 - 12:13 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior CB Zack Sanchez's gambling style "could prove even more effective in his junior season if Oklahoma's pass rush plays up to its potential," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The draft analyst ranks Sanchez, who had six interceptions, 43 tackles and eight breakups last year, as the sixth-best corner in the country. "One of the more aggressive cornerbacks in college football, Sanchez is fond of taking chances -- and it often pays off," Brown wrote. "While his style of play will cause him to occasionally get burned, Sanchez has proven to be an effective ball hawk for the Sooners."
Jun 29 - 10:35 PM

Oklahoma senior WR Sterling Shepard "is quicker than fast and is a little undersized to be an outside receiver, but he hustles with consistent play speed that helps him maximize separation," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Shepard's hands are beyond sticky and he has the shake after the catch that should make him a headliner in Oklahoma's new Air Raid offense," Zierlein wrote. Despite catching only two passes in Oklahoma's last six games while suffering from a groin injury, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard had 51 catches for 970 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 and was a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 10:01 PM

Oklahoma senior G Nila Kasitati "could earn top-100 grades" if his medicals check out, believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder had surgery on a heart arrhythmia in 2012. Kasitati (pronounced kah-sih-TAH-tee) could be considered Samaje Perine's best friend, as the road grader was often run behind last season. "The big man pulled around the left side from his right guard position to cut off inside defenders, drove his man off the ball, or used his feet to seal the hole for Perine to bull through," Reuter wrote. "Kasitati performed just as well in several other contests last year, showing footwork and agility belying his size."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 7:34 PM

Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker "will need to prove he can stand up against Sunday-caliber offensive linemen against the run to make it into the first round," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Otherwise, he could present an excellent value in the mid-to-late second round," he added. The 6-foot, 223-pound Striker earned All-Big 12 First Team honors by posting 68 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 9 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries last year. The analyst documented Striker's tremendous burst to the ball, but noted that it's much harder to time the snap count in the NFL. "He'll also need to prove he can stand up against Sunday-caliber offensive linemen against the run to make it into the first round," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 6:42 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Oklahoma sophomore RB Samaje Perine as the No. 3 College Football running backs to watch in 2015.

"Arm tackles are shredded when Perine powers through the line of scrimmage, and he's very efficient with his movement keeping his runs moving forward. Perine will get a chance to show whether or not he can be a capable receiving threat this season," Zierlein wrote. As a true freshman last season, Perine rushed for 1,713 yards, 21 touchdowns, posting a 6.5 yard average, earning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 3:02 PM

Oklahoma junior LB Dominique Alexander is expected to be healthy for the season after missing spring practices due to wrist surgery.

"He's undersized at 6-foot, 229 pounds, but he's excelled in the middle of the defense, along with Jordan Evans, freeing up Eric Striker as a blitzer," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown. The analyst ranks Alexander as the No. 18 LB in the nation. As a sophomore, Alexander earned second-team All-Big 12 honors with 107 tackles and six TFL.
Jun 23 - 1:16 AM

Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker's "size makes his NFL potential hard to figure out, but at the college level he's someone opposing offenses always have to be aware of," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Striker remains one of the most valuable defenders in the nation," Brown wrote. "Striker is an explosive pass rusher who, with a 6-foot, 223-pound frame, excels at rushing the quarterback from the outside." The analyst ranks Striker as the No. 6 LB in the nation. "He has the athleticism and size of a defensive back, making him a unique weapon to deploy because he's also adept at dropping back in coverage," Brown wrote. Striker recorded 68 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors last year.
Jun 21 - 7:38 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter argues that Oklahoma senior WR Sterling Shepard "could be next year's Phillip Dorsett if he repeats his all-Big 12 production."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard had 51 catches for 970 yards and five touchdowns and was a Biletnikoff semifinalist last year despite catching only two passes in Oklahoma's last six games while suffering from a groin injury. "Despite his slight frame, Shepard's toughness and explosiveness in the middle of the field make him the sort of in-space player NFL coaches appreciate," Reuter wrote. Bringing in new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who coached at East Carolina last year, should suit Shepard just fine.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 19 - 4:55 PM

Oklahoma redshirt freshman QB Justice Hansen is transferring to the JUCO level.

Specifically, Hansen will play for Butler Community College in 2015. Hansen was a four star recruit and redshirted his first season. He will be eligible to play immediately.
Jun 16 - 2:11 PM

Oklahoma senior WR Sterling Shepard is a "lightning-quick weapon" who will benefit from new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard had 51 catches for 970 yards and five touchdowns and was a Biletnikoff semifinalist last year. He did all that despite catching only two passes in Oklahoma's last six games, hobbled by a groin injury. "Now, an assistant coaching change could serve him well: While the quarterback battle is still up in the air, Shepard should benefit from the presence of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who coached two 1,000-yard receivers at East Carolina last year," Brown wrote.
Jun 12 - 6:32 PM

NFL Media ranks Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops as the No. 4 most attractive college head coach to the NFL.

"Stoops has flirted with the NFL over the years, and it will surprise few if he makes the jump before too long. He's done it all at the college level," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "A sharp defensive mind who has done a good job of adapting to his personnel on offense, Stoops remains an attractive candidate for NFL teams." Stoops has a career 168–44 record, including 8-8 in bowl games. He has won the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award twice.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 1:18 AM

NFL Media believes Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley "could be moving on soon."

The 31-year-old took over Oklahoma's offense this offseason after spending five years directing East Carolina's high-flying attack. Prior to that, Riley was the receivers coach for Mike Leach at Texas Tech. "Riley gets high marks for his understanding of spread passing attacks, and if he is able to get the Sooners' offense back on track, he will be a white-hot coaching commodity by the time the season ends," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. NFL Media ranks Riley as the No. 2 hottest assistant coach in the NCAA.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 6:29 PM

Oklahoma true freshman QB/TE Dalton Wood left campus on the same day he arrived.

Wood arrived on Wednesday and drove out of Norman late that night. The Oklahoman is reporting that as of Saturday, he remained away from the team. We'll pass along more information about the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder's status when we're apprised.
Jun 7 - 4:22 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior LB Frank Shannon has returned to the team, according to teammate Zach Sanchez.

Sanchez announced the news, which has not been confirmed by the school, on Twitter. Shannon was suspended by the university for the entire 2014 season after he was accused of sexual assault. Charges were later dropped. Shannon led the Sooners in tackles with 92 as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.
Jun 1 - 8:37 PM


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